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05/05/2007 American physicist Ted Maiman dies

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In this video from 1983, Ted Maiman recalls the birth of the laser in his lab at Hughes.

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The World First Laser, made by Ted Maiman on May 16, 1960. CLEO-2010 #1

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Maiman's first laser light shines again

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World's first laser, invented by fomer SFU adjunct professor Theodore Maiman

Ted Maiman is one of two people credited with inventing the LASER (the other is Gordon Gould, also an American). Maiman’s laser first fired on May 16, 1960 using a pink ruby medium. The laser can be applied in a very wide range of uses including eye surgery, dentistry, range-finding, manufacturing, even measuring the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
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